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I found a lump in my left breast at 39 years of age.I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma with Metastasis to my Axillary Lymph nodes. Four years later, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer to my L5 vertebrae. My cancer journey has included 20 weeks of I.V. chemotherapy, a double mastectomy & reconstructive surgery, a life changing stay in the ICU due to organ failure & sepsis, 8 weeks of radiation, participation in a clinical trial, high dose radiation to my spine, Oral chemotherapy and navigating life as a breast cancer survivor. I am determined to learn and grow from my experiences with an appreciation for the lessons I've endured and excitement for a second chance at living.
In the darkest moments of our life, we truly find our greatest strengths.
"Light will come from this darkness. The life lessons and perspective you gain while completely unwanted, will be entirely unmatched. Believe in yourself!" -M
(as appeared in "Coping With Cancer" Magazine July/August 2019)
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